Friday, 29 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
- "Generating Electricity While Walking with Loads" in Science (related to this article I mentioned in my first post)
- The NightStar flashlight
- Perpetuum, producers of the PMG17 vibration energy harvester
Unfortunately, progress on this essay is much slower than I'd like. The materials all pretty interesting and I'm enjoying the reading but the writing is hard work. I don't understand the more physics/electronics bits of the technologies (so generally I appreciate the applications of specific harvesting methods but don't fully understand the methods themselves) which might be contributing but I'm just finding it pretty hard to focus and assemble the material into something coherent and vaguely valuable. As of today I also seem to be coming down with Hobnob's lurgy :(
On a slightly happier note, Wikipedia has just informed me that that the term MEMS (which I've seen all over the place in the literature about kinetic energy harvesting) refers to microelectromechanical systems (micrometre to millimetre scale), so that solves one mystery.
Previous posts on this topic: Energy Harvesting (5th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (7th Feb '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (Revisited) (14th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - Radiation and Human Active Energy (23rd Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - Solar Radiation (24th Feb. '08).
Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
- Mike Wolf's presentation on photovoltic energy from NanoTech BC's reports and presentations page
- Citizen's website marketing their solar powered watches
- TerraDaily's article on Soontorn Boonyatikarn's self-reliant house
- Indoor Tracking using Solar Cell Powered System: Interpolation of Irradiance
- Paper on "Hybrid Nanorod-Polymer Solar Cells" in Science (Huynh et al.)
- Konarka - Developers of Power Plastic
- Nanosolar - Developers of SolarPly "thin film" cells
- Thermo Life: the thermoelectric generators for medical, military, commercial and ecological purposes
- A review of the "ultimate wristwatch technology" including the thermic watche powered by body heat
Previous posts on this topic: Energy Harvesting (5th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (7th Feb '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (Revisited) (14th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - Radiation and Human Active Energy (23rd Feb. '08).
- "Waves of Energy" - Work from the University of Hawaii described on StarBulletin.com
- US Patent #7084605 - An Energy Harvesting Circuit
- "MIT Team Invents “WiTricity” Wireless Energy Transfer" described on DesignNews.com
- WiTricity described by MIT's Institute For Soldier Nanotechnologies
- IEEE C95.1-1991 IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz -Description
- Ofcom's Guide to the Use of Radio Transmitters and the Law
Human Active Energy
- FreePlay's Wind-Up Radios
- FreePlay's Wind-Up Mobile Phone Charger - "FreeCharge"
- US Patent #5630155 - Portable Computer System with Mechanism for Accumalating Mechanical Energy for Powering the System
General Energy Harvesting
- An excellent chapter (pdf) from Christian Piaguet's book Low-Power Electronics Design by Thad Starner and Joseph Paradiso
Previous posts on this topic: Energy Harvesting (5th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (7th Feb '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (Revisited) (14th Feb. '08).
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
500g apples, peeled
30g caster sugar
1tbsp apple juice/water
Core and slice the apples and place pan with sugar and water. Cover the pan and cook on hob over medium heat. Once boiling cook for ~5 mins stirring occasionally until apple is fluffy but chunky.
6 thin slices white bread - crusts removed
50g / 2oz butter
50g / 2oz sultanas
40g / 1.5 oz caster sugar
568 ml / 1pt milk
(opt. 1/4 tsp mixed spice)
Preheat oven to 160C / 320F / Gas 3 and grease oven dish.
Thickly spread bread with butter and cut into fingers. Put half bread into dish, sprinkle with fruit and half sugar. Top with remaining bread (butter up) and sugar. Beat eggs and milk together and strain over pudding.
Leave to stand ~30 minutes before baking 45min-1hr until set. Top should be crisp and golden.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
0.67 tsp muscovado sugar
0.33 tsp cumin
0.33 tsp paprika
0.15 tsp chilli powder
Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 6. Mix spices and sugar. Rub mixture onto meat and cook for 25-30 minutes. Serve with rice/couscous and a squeeze of lemon/lime or slice into strips and serve with tortilla wraps.
Friday, 15 February 2008
I do think I'll miss Spring Harvest this year. I keep thinking about going anyway.... decisions aren't really my strong point.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Previous posts on this topic: Energy Harvesting (5th Feb. '08), Energy Harvesting - BBC Articles (7th Feb '08).
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Incidently, number five can't really be described as being unique to PHP. Preincrementation is faster in a number of languages.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
250g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
180 ml warm water
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the warm water and oil. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time and mix until all the water is mixed into the dough.
Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and knead the dough for ~5 minutes until smooth. Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into golf-ball-size balls. Place the balls on a flat dish making sure they don't touch each other and cover with the damp cloth. Let the dough rest again for 10 minutes.
Lightly dust your wooden cutting board with flour. Take one of the balls of dough and flatten it. Roll the tortilla until it is 6 or 7 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick. Once you have rolled out the tortilla, place it on a preheated skillet (medium/high). You don't need to add any oil or butter. Cook the tortilla for about 30 seconds. You will notice brown spots all over your tortilla. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds. Repeat for the remaining dough balls.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Previous posts on this topic: Energy Harvesting (5th Feb. '08).
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
I like sitting down at the computer and seeing my awake red sleeves typing away. Looking over my shoulder at the window the sun is so bright you could think it was summer until you stepped outside. I love the way the low winter sun falls, it's just good! It makes me want to go for long winter walks under the bare branches of the trees.
Happy day Saffy!
- Energy harvesting techniques and applications from SPIE v5837 (is pdf)
- Energy harvesting on Wiki
- Energy harvesting chips on EE Times Asia
- Energy harvesting and autonomy on Embedded.com (or as pdf)
- A Canadian defense report on advanced power sources (is pdf)
- Piezoelectricity on Wiki
- Japan's commuter-generated electricity on the Tokyomango blog
- Japan's commuter-generated electricity on TreeHugger.com
- Japan's commuter-generated electricity on Wired.com
- Japan's commuter-generated electricity on Real Tech News
- Harnessing vibration energy in London on TreeHugger.com
- Harnessing vibration energy in London on The Discovery Channel
- MIT students harnessing vibration energy on Gizmodo.com
- Energy generating dance floors on Springwise.com
- Residential Piezoelectric Energy Sources within the Duke Smart Home Program
- Piezoelectricity used in a backpack on Gizmodo.com (unlike this backpack which generates electromagnetic energy)
Other Energy Sources
Almost related is this New York Times article on the 'trend' towards energy conservation in everyday life.
200g soft light brown sugar
25g dark brown sugar
6 tbsp (90ml) golden syrup
Grease a baking tray and preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Melt the margarine in a saucepan and once melted add the sugar and golden syrup. Warm gently and stir until well-mixed. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats and raisins. Press the mixture into the baking tray and bake for ~20 minutes being careful not to over cook. Cut into squares or slices while it's warm, then leave in the tray to cool.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Phthalatophobia, a subcategory of chemophobia (the fear of chemicals), led the media to make all sorts of remarkable claims in 2007, none more ballsy, perhaps, than Time magazine’s decision to advance puberty beyond the bounds of biological plausibility with the claim, in September, that inhaling phthalates from air fresheners could decrease sperm levels in infants.
Perhaps, Time was demonstrating that the mere act of reporting on toxic chemicals can cause mental derangement, as a) infants don’t produce sperm and b), the author of the study on phthalates in air fresheners, Dr. Gina Solomon of the Natural Resources Defense Council, admitted that had no “clear cut evidence here for health effects.” [...] Some phthalates have been shown at very high levels to harm laboratory animals, but then you can make rodents sick if you give them too much of anything. One study has drawn a statistical association between exposure to some phthalates in the womb and borderline changes in genital development. But contrary to the way the media have reported this study, the children were all healthy and had normal reproductive functioning. Even the Guardian newspaper, which is ardently pro green, concluded in its “Bad Science” column (written by an actual doctor) that the data on phthalates was being “overstated.”
As for air fresheners, the NRDC only measured the presence of phthalates inside the product. As to how much evaporated into the air and was likely to be absorbed by a passing human, there was nothing. The Environmental Protection Agency has since turned down the NRDC’s petition to examine the safety of air fresheners, although the agency does note that they are highly flammable – and will likely kill you if you eat one.
So, um, don’t eat air fresheners.
(from the STATS Dubious Data Awards 2007)
I only really frequent charity shops for the books but the British Heart Foundation shop in Lancaster had clearly had quite a nice clothing donation from some teenager slightly larger than I am when I popped in today. I picked up what appears to be a brand new red New Look hooded top and the coolest multicoulored scarf. Being not entirely skilled at photographing myself even my greatest modelling probably doesn't bring out the finer qualities of this scarf but still...
Sunday, 3 February 2008
look of the strawberry lemonade and the lemon cake, both could be good summer refereshers. I also like some of the crafty stuff but suspect I wouldn't have the talent to replicate them. Maybe I'll have a go at some baby shoes (I like the colours in this lavender one - maybe I could also make a shoe shaped lavender bag?).
Saturday, 2 February 2008
Makes ~16, ~50 minutes.
165g/6oz dark brown sugar
1 rounded tbsp golden syrup
Grease a baking tray and preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Place sugar, margarine and syrup in large saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts. Mix well and remove from heat. Stir in the oats until well-covered and tip into baking tin. Gently press and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cut into squares or slices while it's warm (after ~10 minutes), then leave in the tray to cool. Remove from tin when completely cold and eat within 3-4 days.